When You Don’t Want to Go to Church

There are some people that go to church every week. I was one of those people. I couldn’t start my week out without it. If I did miss a Sunday, I would feel so out of wack the rest of the week. In the last year, there have been times that I couldn’t get there because of other obligations or just because I wasn’t feeling it because of the things I was going through. The funny thing is when I just wasn’t feeling it was when I should have been going to church the most. Seeing as I am guilty of excuses, I am not here to judge but only offer possible solutions. Here are some excuses and my take on combating them.Read More »

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How to Meet New Christian Friends

When you go to a new church like I wrote about a few weeks ago (link here), one of the first things you may want to do is to find some new friends at that church. For some, it may be difficult to do that. I’m one of those people. I am a social butterfly but I find it difficult to just put myself out there. So here are some tips that I implemented and some that I could have then as well.Read More »

International Women’s Day

IWD

Ladies:

Can you imagine being considered property just because you’re a woman? We are considered individuals now (in most places of the world).

Can you imagine having no say in family decisions or even in who you marry? Our parents now let us decide who we want to spend our life with. Also, our men trust us to be part of the decisions that affect our families.

Can you imagine not being able to take part in who leads our country? There are still places where women can’t vote or have a say. We didn’t have that right in the US until 1920.

There is so much more that we have accomplished. This post is mainly to serve as a thought provoker. Think of all of what has happened in history. Think of the milestones that women have overcome. AND think of all the women in the world who still don’t have the same rights as men or women in the US. Think of the young women in sex trafficking slavery. Think of the women who are forced by their husbands, brothers, uncles, and fathers to participate in war by suicide missions.

That’s how far we have come. And we have so much more to accomplish. Not just for ourselves, but for the women of the future as well. Comment with our accomplishments!

Malala

XO Ashton

Where I Serve

For the longest time, I knew that as a Christian, you are supposed to give your time, money, and talent to the Church. It’s what I was taught at a very young age, and my mom lived this out to it’s fullest. She was a great example of this. If she wasn’t home when she was a stay-at-home mom, she was at church giving her time and talent as an artist. So as a youth, I gave my time helping at events for the church and parish school I attended. My mom also gave me 50 cents or a dollar to give on Sundays to get me into the habit of giving money to the Church. (I know some people have a hard time with the concept of giving money to the Church especially with the bad reputation of certain, not all, megachurches abusing the concept. The truth is that God asks for our first fruits of our labor. Ten percent is they general rule of thumb, but God wants us to be cheerful givers. If you aren’t cheerful about giving a certain amount, He will be happy with what you do choose to give. If you don’t want to give anything but you feel forced, He doesn’t want it. That’s off topic, but for some verses on where this is stated, check out Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28, and Matthew 23:23-24. Anyways, what I was lacking was serving with my talents. I sang in the choir but it wasn’t for him. I just liked singing. As I have gotten older, I noticed I either lost that talent or I never really had it to begin with. Let’s face it, I suck, but that’s okay haha. Read More »